K-Electric announces revised load-shedding plan

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In light of the ongoing power supply constraints, K-Electric today announced a rationalized load-shedding schedule for its customers. The revised schedule is effective July 1, 2022. This step is being taken to provide relief to customers experiencing nighttime loadshed in high-loss areas.

The shortfall in KE territory has increased from an average of 250 MW – 350 MW to almost 450 MW – 500 MW due to rising temperatures and curtailed fuel supply. Moreover, the shortfall persists round the clock making the nighttime loadshed unavoidable.

KE is also facing a power supply constraint due to reduced gas supplies from SSGC, which is down to approximately 90 MMCFD versus the 200 MMCFD gas that was supplied last year. Consequently, two plants in KE’s system, one at SITE and one at Korangi, with a combined generation of 200MW, remain non-operational.

The release of KE dues from the government against tariff claims will enable KE to pay fuel suppliers in full and negotiate for more gas. Per KE Spokesperson, “This revision in timing is in line with our discussion with various stakeholders including the Ministry of Energy Sindh as well as Commissioner Karachi. We are making every endeavor to seek support in mitigating these issues.

Unfortunately, at this time there is a power shortfall at the national level as well as shortage of gas and RLNG in the country. We are grateful to the Minister of Energy Imtiaz Sheikh for his pledge to solicit additional power and gas to further reduce night-time loadshed.

In the meanwhile, and due to limited and finite energy sources, we have redistributed the loadshed timings amongst the customers.” “The updated schedule of the new loadshed regime has been made publicly available on KE’s website. Consumers can use their account numbers to find their individual schedule.

KE is also duly communicating to registered consumers via KE’s SMS service. With that said, uninterrupted power supply will continue to feeders powering Karachi’s industrial zones and strategic feeders including those energizing KWSB and strategic installations such as Karachi Airport,” the spokesperson added.

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